Rated: PG-13 for some mature thematic elements. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: December 24, 2014 Released by: Sundance Selects
Working-class life is dealt with in a profoundly affecting way in the new gritty drama by siblings Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Kid With The Bike, Lorna's Silence). One that looks to cap another nod for them in the Best Foreign Language Picture department as the awards season .
Two Days, One Night (fully subtitled) is their latest Belgian import with Marion Cotillard (exemplary in The Immigrant) as Sandra in their off-center set-up.
One that considers the top brass on the verge of making changes that will impact her or her colleagues in a narrative that has more flow than a more common discursiveness from the artistic, thoughtful auteurs.
It's about a damaged Sandra, endowed by a beguiling Cotillard with sympathetic grace and vulnerability, doing her best to initiate a shared collectivity that may have some figuring it to plateau out.
Yet, the compassionate treatment of the material by the brotherly filmmakers begins to allot a rather taut build-up to a climactic vote from patience and unexpected emotions.
The narrative may be too elemental for some, but the denouement turns out to be all the more ingratiating, especially in the many ways Cotillard makes Sandra so multifaceted a presence to lift the viable into being rather soulful and substantial.
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